A youth leadership programme that provides college students with training, mentorship and seed funding to develop innovative projects that address pressing social issues.
Students with Dreams
The AGHCA partners with Chancellor College, Domasi Teacher Training College, and Malawi College of Health Sciences to support 5-6 student projects at each site annually. Dreamers meet weekly throughout the academic year to brainstorm, share challenges and successes, offer feedback and support one another in the design and implementation of their projects. Two Dreamers from the previous year serve as mentors, ensuring the programme’s sustainability.
The first creative leadership programme of its kind for college students in Malawi, SWD inspires young leaders to become agents of change in society by: encouraging critical thinking and creative problem solving; cultivating skills in project design, implementation and management; and fostering inter-disciplinary collaboration and mutual support.
Dreamers have used fashion to spark conversations on reproductive health, renovated run-down schools and college buildings, used theatre to engage communities in discussing nutrition, taught primary school students creative writing, and so much more. Explore their inspiring projects below.
Dreamer: Godfrey Kambewa
Featuring fashion made out of condoms to spark discussion and empower urban youth to take control of their sexual and reproductive health.
Dreamer: Isabel Kumwembe
Mobilizing college students and alumni to renovate local infrastructure.
Dreamers: Mike M'Bobo, Master Chayamba and Robert Tsamba
Fighting deforestation by planting trees in Traditional Authority Malemia, Zomba.
Dreamers: Tumeliwa and Bosco Chinkonda
Advocating for the rights of children with albinism
Dreamer: McFerson Ndalama
Providing an online platform to exhibit Malawian art.
Dreamers: Frank Kaliati and Andrea Kadammanja
Promoting artistic self-expression in theatre, music, and dance by students with disabilities.
Dreamer: Rodney Likau
University students teaching music to secondary school students in Zomba, culminating in a musical concert on campus.
Dreamer: Elita Chamdimba
Motivating and inspiring secondary school girls by pairing them with a college role model.
Dreamer: Mimie Nankhuni
Featuring inspirational stories and thought-provoking articles by and for students.
Dreamers in Residence Programme (DRP)
A number of Dreamer projects have grown into full-fledged campaigns, programmes, or organisations. After successfully completing the SWD programme, Dreamers can apply to the Dreamers in Residence Programme (DRP). The AGHCA offers one year of further mentorship and guidance to facilitate the transition of Dreamer projects into independent initiatives.